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You’ll want POPcorn for this rockin’ outdoor concert series

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The Columbus Symphony just dropped their lineups for Nationwide Picnic with the Pops and Popcorn Pops: a sure sign that summer is right around the corner.

These popular outdoor concerts range in genre from classic rock, to Motown, to patriotic favorites, and, of course, a performance from TBDBITL. Columbus Commons will be your weekend destination for quality live entertainment all season long.

“I’m excited to share this wonderful summer of music with Columbus, and remember, singing and dancing are encouraged!” stated CSO Principal Pops Conductor Stuart Chafetz.

All concerts are held at the Columbus Bicentennial Pavilion (160 S. High St.) in the Columbus Commons. Gates open at 6 pm. Concerts begin at 8 pm.

2019 Nationwide Picnic with the Pops

Kool and the Gang
Friday, June 14

Stuart Chafetz, conductor

This two-time Grammy Award-winning R&B/funk supergroup performs their iconic hits such as “Celebration,” “Cherish,” “Get Down on It,” “Jungle Boogie,” and more.

Jefferson Starship
Saturday, June 15

Featuring original members David Freiberg and Donny Baldwin, this legendary American rock band performs from its catalog of more than 20 hit singles including “Jane,” “Miracles,” “Find Your Way Back,” and “We Built This City.”

The Music of Pink Floyd
Saturday, June 22

Performed with a full rock band fronted by vocalist Randy Jackson, this tribute captures the ethereal flow of Pink Floyd’s music in a concert that features megahits such as “Money,” “Learning to Fly,” “Comfortably Numb,” and selections from The Wall.

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Patriotic Pops
Saturday, June 29

Enjoy an evening of traditional patriotic favorites and American Top 40 hits topped off with a brilliant fireworks display!

Latin Explosion featuring Tito Puente Jr. and Jon Secada
Saturday, July 6

Tito Puente Jr. crosses cultures and generations with a high-voltage celebration of his legendary father, “The King of Latin Music” Tito Puente, including mambo and Latin jazz hits “Ran Kan Kan,” “Mambo Gozón,” and “Oye Como Va.” International crossover artist Jon Secada has sold more than 20 million albums and won three Grammy Awards with his soulful and melodic voice, scoring hits like “Angel,” “I’m Free,” “Do You Believe in Us,” and “If You Go.”

Dennis DeYoung and the Music of Styx
Saturday, July 13

One of the most recognizable voices in the music world today, Dennis DeYoung is a founding member of Styx and performs their greatest hits including “Lady,” “Babe,” “Come Sail Away,” “Too Much Time on My Hands,” “Best of Times,” “Mr. Roboto,” and many more.

The Spinners
Saturday, July 20

Up-tempo R&B and precision choreography define every performance of The Spinners as they perform hits from their more than six-decade-long career, including “The Rubberband Man,” “Then Came You,” “I’ll Be Around,” “Games People Play,” and “One of a Kind (Love Affair).”

The Ohio State University Marching Band
Friday & Saturday, July 26 & 27

Don the scarlet and gray and celebrate the coming season’s gridiron clash with the Columbus Symphony and “The Pride of the Buckeyes.” Don’t miss the biggest tailgate party of the year with “The Best Damn Band in the Land” and fireworks!

Ticketing and Information

General admission lawn tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the gate on the day of the show. Lawn tickets for children aged 3-12 are $10. Children 2 and under are free. Advance tickets can be purchased by phone at 614-469-0939, online at www.PicnicWithThePops.com, or in person at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.).

A group discount is available for parties of 15 or more. Call 614-469-0939 (ext. 2) for more information.

Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and/or chairs for lawn seating.T

Tables of 8 or 10 are available for purchase, ranging from $360-$850 per table. Catering for the table is available at the discretion of the purchaser. Single table seats are also available and can be purchased in any quantity. Prices start at $50 per seat, and catering is not available. For more information or to purchase a table, call 614-469-0939 or visitwww.PicnicWithThePops.com, or in person at the CAPA Ticket Center.

Patrons may bring their own food and beverages or purchase from on-site vendors. For Picnic concerts only, patrons are permitted to bring their own beer and wine on-site.

2019 Nationwide Popcorn Pops

Sing, dance, and monkey around with the Columbus Symphony at two special family concerts recommended for children ages 3-12. Children will enjoy free popcorn and free pre-concert activities including face painting, art projects, playing with musical instruments, and the Columbus Commons Family Fun Zone with inflatables and open play activities.

Dance Party
Friday, June 21

The Columbus Symphony invites families to come ready to dance as they perform classical songs that will make you want to shake, rattle, and roll.

Movies & Maracas
Friday, July 19

Enjoy songs from your favorite family films including Star Wars, Frozen, the Harry Potter series, and more. The first 500 kids will receive a maraca to play along with the symphony.

Ticketing and Information

Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for children aged 3-12. Children 2 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased at the gate on the day of the show, by phone at 614.469.0939, online at www.PicnicWithThePops.com, or in person at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.).

All concerts are held at the Columbus Bicentennial Pavilion (160 S. High St.) in the Columbus Commons. Gates open at 5:30 pm. Pre-concert activities will be available from 5:30 to 6:45 pm. Concerts begin at 7 pm and run for approximately one hour. No intermission.

Patrons may bring their own food and non-alcoholic beverages or purchase from on-site vendors.

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Gallery: Hope you had a blast at our 9th annual ColumBest bash!

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Columbus, thank you so much for coming out to celebrate the best of the best at our 9th annual ColumBest Party at Express LIVE! We ate, drank, pet Columbus Zoo animal ambassadors, and danced to live entertainment from The Reaganomics!

We can’t wait to see you all next year. But in the meantime, take a look at all the fun we had in the Field Day photo booth!

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16 round-trip flights for under $150 this summer

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Need some new scenery? Columbus is a superb city, but it may be time for you to get the heck outta here and into a new environment.

Through September, there are cheap flights that’ll get you from Columbus to tons of amazing destinations for $150 or less. Don’t believe us? Check it out below.

Bon voyage!

Raleigh, NC

  • $86 Frontier RT nonstop for travel between 7/16 and 7/23
  • $91 Frontier RT nonstop for travel between 5/30 and 6/02
  • $116 Frontier RT nonstop for travel between 6/06 and 6/09
  • $126 Frontier RT nonstop for travel between 6/27 and 7/029

Charlotte, NC

  • $118 United RT multiple stops for travel between 6/08 and 6/11

Myrtle Beach, SC

  • $120 Spirit RT nonstop for travel between 5/31 and 6/03

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Orlando, FL

  • $112 Spirit RT nonstop for travel between 9/09 and 9/13
  • $116 Frontier RT nonstop for travel between 8/12 and 8/16
  • $134 Spirit RT nonstop for travel between 7/31 and 8/07
  • $143 Frontier RT nonstop for travel between 6/14 and 6/17
  • $144 Spirit RT nonstop for travel between 6/25 and 7/02

Tampa, FL

  • $117 Spirit RT nonstop for travel between 9/05 and 9/12

Ft. Lauderdale, FL

  • $148 Spirit RT nonstop for travel between 7/30 and 8/06

New Orleans, LA

  • $120 Spirit RT nonstop for travel between 5/30 and 6/02
  • $146 Spirit RT nonstop for travel between 7/11 and 7/18

Denver, Co

  • $136 Frontier RT nonstop for travel between 9/18 and 9/25

View even more cheap flights at allegiantair.com.

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Play, dance, laugh at 20th anniversary of Easton’s outdoor music series

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Columbus’ premier outdoor shopping mall will soon be your destination for free summer jams! Easton is proud to present its 20th year of Sounds on the Town Concert Series with a wide variety of genres sure to satisfy everyones’ tastes.

For this special anniversary, Easton is bringing back some of the best bands that have hit the stage at Easton over the past 20 years!

The summer music series will kick off Wednesday, June 5 on Easton’s Town Square. Music for each of the 13 concerts starts at 6:00 PM.

So, bring a chair or blanket and your dancing shoes and prepare for free, family-friendly entertainment every Wednesday evening at easton.

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The 2019 Sounds on the Town Concert Series:

  • June 5 – Teeny Tucker Band
  • June 12 – Divas of the 90s
  • June 19 – Topher James & Biscuit Brigade opening for New Basics Brass Band
  • June 26 – Fool House
  • July 3 – Songs at the Center LIVE!
  • July 10 – Ark Band
  • July 17 – The Fabulous Johnson Brothers
  • July 24 – Tony Monaco Trio with Bryon Stripling Quartet
  • July 31 – SWAGG
  • August 7 – Urban Jazz Coalition
  • August 14 – The Menus
  • August 21 – Yumbambe
  • August 28 – Funk Worthy opening for Who’s Bad
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